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Full-Day Land Rover Safari from Heraklion with Lunch

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    What to Expect
    The adventure begins with morning pickup at your Heraklion hotel and a trip out of town in a sturdy Land Rover with a small group. Drive along the coastline and into the Cretan mountains, stopping first at the Aposelemis Basin Reservoir and an ancient Roman aqueduct. Journey on to the foothills of the Afendi Mountains for a hearty breakfast (own expense) and sampling of raki brandy in the village of Kastamonitsa.

    Follow an ancient Minoan path, winding through scenic mountain passes as your guide relates the history and myths of Crete. Get a glimpse into the local shepherding lifestyle with a visit to a mitato to feed the livestock and watch a cheesemaking demonstration. Next, snap photos of the Lassithi Plateau on the way to the famous Dikteon Cave, known as the birthplace of Zeus according to Greek mythology. If you like, pay a small entry fee and climb the rocky steps up to the cave.

    After working up an appetite, break for lunch at a local tavern, where you can choose from traditional and vegetarian starters and main courses, served with wine. In the afternoon, observe traditional ways of mountain life and handicrafts at the Lassinthos Eco Park and the farming village of Seli, located on the Lassithi Plateau. Make a final stop in Krassi, known for its natural spring water and 2,000-year-old tree, before the scenic return drive to your hotel.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick up from all hotels situated between Heraklion and Sissi

    Heraklion Port
    Departure Time
    8:00 AM
    • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
    • Driver/guide
    • Lunch - 3-course lunch
    • Fuel surcharge
    • Local taxes
    • Bottled water - with the Lunch bottled water and wine are included
    • Drinks
    • Breakfast
    • Entry/Admission - Cave of Zeus
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Service animals allowed
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    All reviews goat farm olive oil zeus' cave sense of humour anyone wanting lassithi plateau bumpy ride nice lunch friendly goats goat cheese lots of history trip fun action packed great knowledge washed down off the beaten track sunken village
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    Reviewed yesterday

    We had the most amazing day. Darrel our guide was a non-stop mine of information, terrible jokes, and conveyed a true love of the island and it's flora and fauna. Special moments included seeing vultures and watching them take off and land. The land rover...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Jess H
    Reviewed yesterday

    We had an amazing experience on this tour. Darrel, our guide, provided us with an upfront and personal experience. He is so knowledge and a great story teller, but his sence of humor will have you laughing all day. Every stop had something unique to...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank GlobeTrotting597226
    Reviewed 4 days ago

    Had a fantastic day with great people and a fantastic guide called Marios. Given a well informed tour and a lovely meal at lunchtime. Marios was very friendly and made the day a great success. I would highly recommend the company and especially Marios.

    Date of experience: October 2019
    1  Thank Loopy1958
    Reviewed 5 days ago

    We signed up to this excursion while at the Atlantica Atki Zeus resort. What an experience. We had Darrel as our guide and we did the Minoan route. This was amazing. We got a good experience of what Crete really is about. You could tell...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank Emilie M
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    Our guide and driver Kostas (Konstantinos) picked us up on the dot of the prearranged hour in Heralklion and we travelled very comfortably in an air conditioned 4X4 Mercedes van, on exactly the same mountain routes as the rugged Land Rovers. Kostas proved to be...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Zhao55
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    Paul D
    18 September 2019|
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    Response from Natfarrant27 | Reviewed this property |
    We were picked up outside stella village. Booked it through our Thomas cook rep.
    10 September 2019|
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    Response from kaywT1137NX | Reviewed this property |
    The Land Rover is much better choice for a more authentic experience in my opinion, you can go off road and see more of the historic Minoan route. No air con but once you get into the mountains you don’t need it. The tour... More
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    • Duration: 8h
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    • Languages Offered: English, Dutch, French, German
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